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Del Mar: Acclamation Horse of the Meet

The unprecedented accomplishments of Acclamation prompted voters in the annual media poll to make the five-year-old California-bred son of Unusual Heat a champion of the 72nd Del Mar summer season in three categories, topped by Horse of the Meeting. 

From winning both the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap on grass and the Grade I TVG $1 million Pacific Classic on the Polytrack main course, Acclamation was a unanimous selection as Horse of the Meeting and top older horse and a near-unanimous choice as top grass horse.


In close sprint division balloting, The Factor, winner of the seven-furlong Pat O’Brien Stakes, took honors over stablemate Euroears, who prevailed in the six-furlong Bing Crosby. Voters were impressed by three-year-old The Factor’s victory over older rivals and the time of 1:21.56, second-fastest for the race since the installation of Polytrack in 2007.


Ultra Blend, winner of the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, which had been the province of Zenyatta for the previous three years, was a landslide choice for top older filly or mare.


The three-year-old divisional titles went to horses that shipped in from across the country to win deciding races.  Summer Soiree took the Del Mar Oaks shortly after arriving from Maryland and Banned the Del Mar Derby off the plane from Chicago.


Weemissfrankie parlayed a victory in a talent-deep maiden race on opening day of the meeting, July 20, to a win in the Del Mar Debutante, on September 3, and unanimous acclaim as the 2-year-old filly of the meeting.


Drill  took the top 2-year-old honors by virtue of his victory in the Del Mar Futurity,  becoming the 10th Futurity winner  for trainer Bob Baffert.


Horse of the Meet

Acclamation

Top older horse

Acclamation

Top older filly or mare

Ultra Blend

Top sprinter

The Factor

Top grass horse

Acclamation

Top 3-year-old filly

Summer Soiree

Top 3-year-old

Banned

Top 2-year-old filly

Weemissfrankie

Top 2-year-old

Drill



Johnstons Leading Owner by Acclamation;
Glen Hill Farm Takes Most Wins Title


Veteran California owner-breeders Bud and Judy Johnston, along with their daughter and son-in-law – Mary and Peter Hilvers – rode their stable star Acclamation to honors among owners at the 2011 Del Mar meeting with earnings of $780,000, easily the top figure during the 37-day stand.


Acclamation, the 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat who was bred on the Johnstons Old English Rancho in Sanger, CA, accounted for all of the owners’ money with a pair of Grade I wins in the Eddie Read Handicap and the TVG Pacific Classic.


Second for money won was Glen Hill Farm at $443,040 and third was Mr.-Mrs. Jerry Moss at $358,770.


Top owner for races won at the meet with six firsts was Glen Hill Farm, which is the nom du course of longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeders Leonard Lavin. The Glen Hill outfit had been Del Mar’s leading owner for money won back in 1979.


There was a three-way tie for second at five wins each between La Canada Stables, Benjamin Warren and Harris Farms.


 2011 Leading Owners by Money Won

Johnston, Hilvers, et al………………………………………… $780,000

Glen Hill Farm…………………………………………………. $443,040

Mr.-Mrs. J. S. Moss……………………………………………..$358,770

La Canada Stables………………………………………………$279,660

Coudelaria Jessica, Inc………………………………………….$273,435

Benjamin C. Warren…………………………………………….$230,810

Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, Ciaglia Racing, et al…………………$228,060

Heinz Steinmann………………………………………………$223,190

Craig Family Trust, Farish, Wygod……………………………..$200,000

Nels Erickson…………………………………………………$180,000

Mr.-Mrs. Larry D. Williams……………………………………..$177,650

Triple B Farms………………………………………………$167,624


2011 Leading Owners by Races Won

Owner

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win %

I-T-M%

Glen Hill Farm

18

6

3

4

33

72

La Canada Stables

52

5

10

9

10

46

Benjamin C. Warren

46

5

6

7

11

39

Harris Farms, Inc.

15

5

0

2

33

47

Richard A. Bell

10

4

2

0

40

60

Mr.-Mrs. Jerry Moss

15

4

1

0

27

33

Eight owners are tied with 3 wins each

 

 

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